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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (superseded)

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (superseded)

Do you want to work in Child Care? This certificate course will teach you how to best support the emotional, physical, social and psychological development of infants from birth until eight years in a childcare environment.

Job prospects

+ Early Childhood Educator

+ Family Day Care Educator

+ Nanny

+ Playgroup Supervisor

+ Out of School Hours Care Educator


+ Duration: 52 Weeks (plus 6 weeks summer holiday)

+ Work placement: 120 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please contact us to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD, Werribee or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

  • National Code: CHC30113
  • Units: 15 core + 3 electives
  • Location: Level 5, 250 Collins St – City Campus or 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee
  • Duration: 52 weeks + 5 weeks summer holiday
  • Delivery Mode: Classroom: 1 day per week (second day of learning support optional)
  • Work placement: 120 hours at various locations
  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations.
  • Prior experience: if you have previously worked or studied in Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer
  • Workplacement Uniform T’Shirt: Cost is $30

Government Funded: $200 (Concession: $40)*

Traineeship: $200 (Concession: $40)^

Full Fee: $7,300

Textbooks: $110


Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Out of School Hours Care Educator

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.

Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course. Refer to MCIE’s website for details.

Age at Commencement
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Special Needs
MCIE welcomes people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency is required. All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Prior Experience

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Fees apply. Please see our website for more information on fees and terms and conditions.
Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or MCIE’s website for more information.

MCIE Work-placement Officers will facilitate the work placement of students into an early childhood education and care service.

Candidates are required to provide evidence of the following for work placement:

  • Working with Children Check

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (New Units)
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically(New Units)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.

Werribee Campus Map

Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

Melbourne City Campus Map

The reviews

I love this child care coure!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 20, 2021

This is the best course to start your career in the booming Child care industry. I love the staff and atmosphere at MCIE !